North Korea claims it is considering strikes near US military installations in Guam.
It is understood that the strikes would be with its intermediate range ballistic missiles, state news agency KCNA reported.
The threat came hours after US President Donald Trump threatened Pyongyang with “fire and fury” over its missile programme and days after the UN Security Council levied new sanctions on North Korea over its growing nuclear arsenal.
Pyongyang said it’s “now carefully examining the operational plan for making an enveloping fire at the areas around Guam with medium-to-long-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12” according to the official Korean Central News Agency.
NATO also called for a firm international response to North Korea’s missile launch which the western alliance condemned as a threat to security in east Asia and the wider world.
“North Korea’s missile programs and provocative actions necessitate a firm response from the international community,” the 26-nation alliance said in a statement.
We call on North Korea to cease immediately the development of long-range missiles and reconfirm its moratorium on all long-range missile launches.”
The alliance said North Korea’s development and use of ballistic missiles “pose a serious threat to the region and to the international community at large.”
The European Union echoed similar concerns and also condemned North Korea.